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William Onyeabor's Complete 1978-1985 Discography Released By Luaka Bop

Luaka Bop will release all of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor's albums on November 18th, and puts on live show of his music on October 4.


After the rightfully celebrated release of Who is William Onyeabor? and a subsequent flurry of worldwide shows by the Sinkane-led Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor, Onyeabor mania rages back this fall. Finally, the entire discography of the Nigerian funk/synth melder will see an official release on November 18th via Luaka Bop, the label started by Talking Heads frontman and Onyeabor champion David Byrne. Comprising all of the eight albums in remastered editions that William Onyeabor made between 1978-1985 and including remixes of Onyeabor songs by Peaking Lights and Man Tear, the set will drop as nine CDs, as well as two vinyl collections holding nine LPs and a couple of 7" singles.

In the wait for this remaining portion of Onyeabor's simultaneously provocative and entertaining music, Luaka Bop is presenting Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor? on October 4th in Central Park. The final event in the label's 25th anniversary festivities and happening as part of the Modern Sky FestivalAtomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor? will feature Sinkane, Money Mark, Hot Chip's Alexis TaylorPharoah Sanders, Jamie Lidell, Peaking Lights, Dead Prez, and South Africa-based Mahotella Queens. After the show, there will be a celebration of Nigeria's Independence Day. Keep posted for the new Onyeabor collection and find out more information about the concert here. In the meantime, check out the cover artwork for the first vinyl box above & volume two below and stream Peaking Lights' remix of "Body and Soul." See the full lineup for Modern Sky Festival below the album art.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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